Zeus virus and the its disruptive effects
Zeus, also famous as Zbot, is a powerful and silent malware which uses a wide range of spiteful mechanisms for steal of confidential, private data and crucial bank details from your Mac.
This virus has been at the root of parasites aimed to obtain bank data of individuals, so the experts believe that its features are present in all the modern banking malicious programs. In fact, by modifying configuration files in the set of trojans, this malware can be configured to collect any information cyber criminals need.
What is the Zeus virus?
After the PC is harmed, Zeus remains on a device and silently monitors user’s actions in the Web, steals system information, bank details, private files and much more. Its keylogging capabilities allows to record every key move and send it to the attacker’s database.
In this way, Zeus can ultimately recognize all the passwords used, as well as all credit card codes. There is no doubt that criminals use such data for malicious purposes, and the loss of financial data leads to disastrous results. Unfortunately, such virus runs silently, and it is unlikely you will detect it in the Mac system when a powerful anti-virus tool is absent.
Zeus virus warning: how it penetrates and which threats poses
There are several ways in which Zeus can collect information. Experts agree with the two most famous of them:
- FTP, POP3 or Internet Explorer passwords are accordingly collected from Protected Storage after a device is damaged.
- It also monitors the websites you visit, and from time to time adds extra lines to the filling forms, requiring the user to enter additional details that is not actually provided by the original site. For instance, in such extra fields the system will request you to give particulars about your date of birth or phone number, as the original asks for a username and password instead.
In addition to these negative effects, Zeus also accesses the monitoring and command management server, allowing it to carry out other spiteful actions on computers (especially Mac) affected by malware. It can download files, turn off and restart your computer, as well as remove files, what can result in a failure of the operating system. In consequence, the user of the infected device will need to force reinstallation of the whole operating system of the Mac.